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Why Beer?

Amy Kumler
Well, for starters, we’ve been known to enjoy a good brew from time to time.

But beyond that, our sourcing experience has taught us a thing or two about farming. And beer, made from grain and hops, is an agricultural product, after all.

We believe the future of farming—and our planet—lies in something called organic regenerative agriculture. Organic regenerative agriculture restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon, and efficiently grows crops without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Researchers at the Rodale Institute have found that a switch to organic regenerative techniques could actually store enough carbon in the soil to reverse global climate change.

Our friends at the Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, have made a major breakthrough in that direction with a perennial grain called Kernza®. Kernza is ideally suited for organic regenerative agriculture. Its long roots and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling or pesticides; it uses less water than conventional wheat, prevents erosion and removes more carbon from the atmosphere than annual grains. And it just so happens to make delicious beer.

Saving the planet, one beer at a time.

We teamed up with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon, to create Long Root® Pale Ale and Long Root® Wit—both brewed with Kernza grain. Our Long Root Pale Ale, with its grapefruit-hop flavor and dry, crisp finish, is made with organic Chinook, Mosaic and Crystal hops. Our Long Root Wit is brewed with coriander and orange peel for a bright citrus finish. Cheers!

Long Root Ale

Amy Kumler
Our Long Root® Pale Ale is a great beer—with great purpose.

Beyond the crafted grapefruit hop flavor, beyond the balanced maltiness, lies a story as refreshing as its dry, crisp finish.

This great tasting Northwest-style Pale Ale was the first beer in distribution to be made with Kernza®—a perennial grain grown using regenerative agriculture practices. Our Long Root Pale Ale is brewed with organic two-row barley, organic yeast, organic Chinook, Mosaic and Crystal hops, and Kernza grain. Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one damn good beer.

Long Root Wit

Amy Kumler
A short story about Long Root Wit.

Our newest beer, Long Root® Wit, is a Northwest spin on the classic Belgian-style Witbier, brewed with coriander and orange peel for a bright citrus finish. But the real story isn’t about the delicious refreshment in each can. It’s about a perennial grain called Kernza®, and the folks at The Land Institute who developed it.

The Land Institute is a nonprofit, science-based research organization in Kansas that aims to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to more traditional annual crops. Its founder, Wes Jackson, was widely recognized as one of the foremost figures in the international sustainable agriculture movement.

Wes was instrumental in the development of the Kernza grain that gives our beers their distinct flavor profile. Kernza’s long root system thrives without tilling, preserving precious topsoil. It also uses less water than conventional wheat, draws down more carbon from the atmosphere and makes damn good beer. Cheers to you, Brother Wes!

Kernza
Amy Kumler
More About Kernza Grain

The distinct flavor profile (and name) of our beers comes from a newly developed grain called Kernza. A cousin of annual wheat, Kernza is a perennial that has been domesticated from intermediate wheat grass, similar to how grasses have been domesticated into grains for over 10,000 years.

Ecologically, perennial grains are superior to annual grains because they retain more nutrients and carbon, and can better utilize rainfall. Kernza thrives without tilling, which helps prevent erosion. Once the grain is harvested the roots remain in the soil and add carbon, since organic matter is about 50 percent carbon.

We’re on a mission to repair our food system through organic regenerative farming practices and encouraging others to do the same. 

Join us on our mission

Long Root® Pale Ale and Long Root® Wit are small batch brews, so they can be tough to find. But it’s well worth the effort, or even a road trip.

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